Athletics

Panola College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA), the Region XIV Athletic Conference, and the NIRA Southern Region. Panola College has won National Championships in Baseball in 1969, Women's Basketball in 1977 and 1978, and a Bareback National Championship in Rodeo in 2005.  Since 1948 the Ponies and Fillies have won 42 conference championships, have been to the NJCAA or NIRA playoffs 95 times and the National Championship Tournaments 18 times.  

The Panola Baseball team was established in 1948 and has won 29 Conference Championships, 39 trips to the NJCAA Playoffs, and qualified for the National Tournament 4 times with one National Championship.  

The Fillies Volleyball team started in 1996 has won 7 conference championships, participated in 17 NJCAA playoffs, and has qualified for the National Tournament in 2009.  

The Fillies Basketball program began in 1974 and won back to back National Championships in 1977 and 1978, and has won 4 Conference Championships, 18 trips to the NJCAA playoffs and has qualified for the National Tournament 5 times.  

The Ponies Basketball program began in 1948 has won 2 conference championships, qualified for 14 trips to the NJCAA playoffs, and qualified for the National Tournament in 1979.  

Panola's Rodeo Team was established in 2004 and has one individual National Championship in Bareback, and has qualified 7 times for the National Finals Rodeo. 

Fillies Named to the All Conference Team

Sophomore Nausheen Merchant received prestigious recognition as “Libero of the Year” in the  Region XIV- North conference and she also earned a spot on the 1st Team All Conference for the second year in a row.    

Sophomore newcomers Hillary Shaffer, of Brownsboro, TX, and Shaunice Demerson, of Houston, TX, were named 2nd Team All-Conference, and Shaffer was selected as the “Newcomer of the Year” for the conference.  

Sophomores Emily Adams and Angelica Vargas, as well as freshman Haley Hampton received Honorable Mention honors to round out Panola’s All-Conference selections. 

Merchant Selected to the NJCAA All-American Team

Panola Volleyball is proud to announce that Nausheen Merchant, a 5''7" libero from Kingwood, Texas, has recently been named a 2012 NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American. This makes Merchant just the third player in Fillies Volleyball history to receive an All-American honor. 
 
On a list dominated by hitters, Merchant is one of only two liberos in the country recognized as an NJCAA All-American for her performance this year. Her 4.83 digs per set in conference play and 4.44 digs per set on the year placed her 19th in the country and solidified her presence as an elite libero in Region XIV and nationally. This is the third post-season honor for Merchant, who was named 1st Team All-Conference and "Libero of the Year" for Region XIV North last month. These awards added to the 2nd Team All-Conference recognition Merchant earned as a freshman cap off her career as one of the most decorated players in Panola Volleyball history. 
Last week, Merchant signed to continue her playing and academic career on a full scholarship to The University of Texas-Pan American, a NCAA Division I school located in Edinburg, Texas. She will begin her career as a Lady Bronc this upcoming spring.